Caring for yourself

Have you ever noticed that it is particularly difficult to get health care when a person refuses to see a doctor? Perhaps you have noticed that it is hard to stay clean when you refuse to wash your hands or bathe regularly? My aim is not to encourage you to see doctors or stay clean, because most people do not struggle with these things. I do, however, want you to consider if you are taking this kind of approach when it comes to caring for your heart?

As with many Christians, I know the Lord as the Great Physician. He is a specialist like none other, and He has a very unique way of handling appointments to care for His creations. When we have the time, He is always ready and willing to examine the state of your heart! What is terribly sad, and frankly quite tragic, is the fact that there is an all too large amount of “Christians” who could not tell you the last time they know that they met with God. Whether through prayer, bible study or church attendance, there are some people today who would confess themselves as Christians and yet would not be able to tell you the last time they had meaningful fellowship with the Lord.

If this is a problem you are currently struggling with, or you have struggled with this before, allow me to offer a few thoughts that may just help you through such times.

1. God the Father knows you, and the condition of your life: In 1 Samuel 16:7, as Samuel is sent by the Lord to find a new king to replace Saul, God reminds Samuel of this truth: ” for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I assure you that this is not a truth that only applies for royalty or for the people of Israel. God knows the state of your heart, and the truth is that a heart not committed to Christ and his teachings is wicked and dying. Since God already knows the state of your life, what use is it hiding from Him? Just as avoiding the doctor does not cure cancer, avoiding the Lord will not cure your heart or allow you to avoid the death that comes to a wicked heart.

2. Jesus, the Son, offers new life: In 2nd Corinthians 5:17, Paul reminds us that Jesus has an amazing cure for our wicked hearts; a brand new life! Why live life with a heart that is always going to pull you away from righteousness? You may be convinced that this world has your heart cared for, but have you ever noticed that no amount of pleasures in life keep you from struggles with selfishness, pride, or hatred? The heart of man is wicked and beyond cure, so if we want to live righteous lives, we must replace the old heart altogether! Jesus offers us a chance to trade out this worthless heart for a heart that is as compassionate, loving, and patient as His is. I’d take that deal any day!

3. God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, will fill, guide and comfort our new lives: A study of John chapter 15 will show you that when Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Spirit, He promised that it would guide His disciples in the ways of Christ, and comfort them as they were confronted by the struggles of Christian living. In the book of Acts there are numerous references to the apostles proclaiming the word and performing miracles after having been filled by the Holy Spirit. In other words, not only will a Christian have a new life, but they will be given a guide to help them live this new life to honor Christ.

Now, consider what efforts you are making to deal with the wickedness that is in the heart of every man. Why are you allowing yourself to be afflicted by sin and wickedness when there is a cure for your ills? You have the ability to personally check in with the Lord anytime you wish! Open a Bible, and get some advice from the Lord himself. You’ll find that Jesus has some incredible advice in the Gospel of John. Learn what it means to pray, and ask the Lord to show you what your heart needs to be cured of it’s wickedness. Find a place to fellowship with others who ,just like you, struggled with a wicked heart, and then found Jesus to be the solution to their problems.

One more thing to consider is that like most medical treatments, while a problem can be corrected immediately, there will be some extensive rehabilitation or at the very least some significant changes to how you lived your life before. There are not too many people who refuse treatment for their cancer just because the rehab will take a while or they do not like some of the changes they will have to make afterwards. The majority of people know that treatment will save their life. Save your life and be sure that your heart has been cared for by the Lord himself!

Written by Timothy Hegerich

There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world.  It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!

 

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